01 Mar 2019

Pompeo assures Philippines of U.S. protection in event of sea conflict

Chinese aggression in the South China Sea directed at the Philippines would result in a military response from the US, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a Friday press conference in Manila. Pompeo warned the US ally that “China’s island-building and military activities in the South China Sea threaten your

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28 Feb 2019

Chinese Cyber-Espionage Group Customizes Old, Public Tools

Researchers with SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit (CTU) have been tracking ATP27, a cyber-espionage group thought to operate out of China. ATP27 was first spotted in 2013 and is also known as Bronze Union, Emissary Panda, Threat Group 3390, Lucky Mouse, ZipToken, and Iron Tiger. Over the last two years, the

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28 Feb 2019

A Senate Report Has Slammed the Chinese Learning Centers Operating at Over 100 U.S. Universities

A new report by the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs portrays Chinese learning centers at over 100 US universities as elements in China’s global propaganda apparatus. The report states that the learning centers, all of which belong to the Confucius Institute, intend to “change the impression

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28 Feb 2019

Attackers continue to enhance their performance, apply smart business techniques

A new report by Netscout indicates that the global threat landscape in the second half of 2018 was characterized by “attacks on steroids.” Over that period, the company tracked 35 advanced persistent threat APT) groups and noticed that groups supported by states such as China, Iran, North Korea and Russia

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28 Feb 2019

Huawei: ‘U.S. Fears We Will Stop NSA Spying — This Has Nothing To Do With China’

On Tuesday, Chinese tech giant Huawei devoted part of its keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona, to launch what seems like a carefully crafted campaign to portray the US government as an untrustworthy cyber espionage force. The effort is a response to the US government’s boycott

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27 Feb 2019

China Appoints Political ‘Rising Star’ to Oversee Security in Troubled Xinjiang

China has put Wang Junzheng, a political rising star, in charge of law and order in the Xinjiang province where the Uyghur Muslim minority is located. According to reports by various international media outlets, the Chinese government is structurally persecuting Uyghurs, for example by imprisoning them in “re-education” labor camps.

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26 Feb 2019

Key senators say administration should ban Huawei tech in US electric grid

A coalition of 11 powerful US senators, including the top Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is urging the US government to ban Huawei technology from the US electric grid. The Senators on Monday sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in which

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25 Feb 2019

Donald Trump delays tariff hike on Chinese goods, sending stock markets soaring

US President Donald Trump on Sunday night announced that his administration will be delaying an increase in trade tariffs with China, which was bound to occur after 1 March in the absence of a new trade deal between the two countries. Trump claimed that “substantial progress” has been made in

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20 Feb 2019

Facing an aggressive Beijing, Taiwan’s president issues a warning to the world

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has told CNN that her country is “faced with growing threats” from China, adding that that the main challenge is “whether our independent existence, security, prosperity and democracy can be maintained.” Tsai also warned other regional states to fear the rise of China: “If it’s Taiwan today, people

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20 Feb 2019

China Has Abandoned a Cybersecurity Truce With the U.S., Report Says

American cybersecurity technology company Crowdstrike has released a report showing that China is no longer adhering to a 2015 agreement between the US and China to stop targeting each other in hacking operations. According to the research, Chinese hackers gradually commenced going after US targets in 2017 and by 2018 the

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